Friday, January 22, 2010

January Review Link-Up

Hi! This is Katy (I blog at A Few More Pages) - I'm helping Pam with the POC Challenge site. We needed a Review Link-up post for all of the great books you are reading in this challenge, so here it is! We are so looking forward to reading your reviews!

(Edited to add: With Ari's awesomeness in organizing the monthly contests for the challenge, we're changing this to be the link-up for January reviews, and we'll be posting a new link-up every month.)

Click on the blue "Add Your Link" button and put the name and author of the book in the "Name" box. You can include your name or blog name in parenthesis if you wish. Please be sure that you link to the specific URL address of your review, not the URL address of your main/home blog page.

January POC Reading Challenge Review Links
1. Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez (A Few More Pages)  23. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang  
2. Shanghai Girls--See (Helen\'s Book Blog)  24. BrownGirl BookSpeak (Up From Slavery)  
3. Invisible Lives--Banerjee (Helen\'s Book Blog)  25. Touching Snow by F. Sindy Felin (GHHS)  
4. Aya--Abouet (Helen\'s Book Blog)  26. The Eternal Smile -Yang(GHHS)  
5. Pride of Baghdad--Vaughan (Helen\'s Book Blog)  27. Naomi by Junichiro Tanizaki (Mel u-The Reading Life)  
6. Pedro and Me--Winick (Helen\'s Book Blog)  28. Sea of Poppies by Amitar Ghosh (Mel u-The Reading Life)  
7. American Born Chinese--Yang (Helen\'s Book Blog)  29. One Night at the Call Center by Chetan Bhagat (Mel u-The Reading Life)  
8. American Born Chineses - Yang (Good Books and Wine)  30. The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie (Mel u-The Reading Life)  
9. White Teeth (Book Addiction)  31. The Blue Notebook by James A. Levine (In the Shadow of Mt. TBR)  
10. Ash by Lo (GAL Novelty)  32. On Amazing Thing by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (Good Books & Good Wine)  
11. Asleep - Mcnair (Reading with Momma)  33. Gringolandia--Miller-Lachmann (Helen\'s Book Blog)  
12. My Life as a Rhombus (Reading with Momma)  34. Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves (The Book Smugglers)  
13. Amiri and Odett - Myers (proseandkahn)  35. Native by Mona Kuhn (The Zen Leaf)  
14. Of Bees and Mist by Erick Setiawan (In the Shadow of Mt. TBR)  36. A Million Shades of Grey - Cynthia Kadohata (I Was A Teenage Book Geek)  
15. Fruits Basket vol. 5 by Natsuki Takaya  37. Picking Cotton@From My Brown Eyed View  
16. Stormy Bamboo by Tamara Sheehan (Genre Reviews)  38. \"Windfollower\" by Carole McDonnell  
17. Ash by Malinda Lo (Tia\'s Book Musings)  39. Michelle (su[shu]) - January list  
18. Deadly Intent - Camy Tang (A Few More Pages)  40. Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves - Ana (The Book Smugglers)  
19. Rooftops of Tehran by Mahbod Seraji (Asia in the Heart, World on the Mind)  41. Archangel\'s Kiss by Nalini Singh - Thea & Ana (The Book Smugglers)  
20. The White Tiger - Adiga (Jillian of murahta)  42. The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight In Heaven By Sherman Alexie (Good Books & Good Wine)  
21. American Born Chinese - Yang (Jillian of murahta)  43. A Girl Made of Dust by Nathalie Abi-Ezzi (GAL Novelty)  
22. Apex Magazine International Issue (BookLove)  44. Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves (GAL Novelty)  

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  1. yay thanks so much Katy for everything.

  2. I have a question. does people of color refer only to the africain-ammerican or can it included native americans, asian, and spanish american.
    kim in ohio

  3. Hi Kim!

    We're focusing on any persons of color--books from any non-white point of view, including Native Americans, Asians, Indians, Africans, Latin Americans, etc.

    I'll hopefully be getting the master list of recommendations up sometime this weekend (wow, such great recommendations everyone!).

  4. Thanks for hosting this challenge. I looked back over my posts for the past year, out of 229 books that I posted, 36 (15.7%) were written by or about POC. And thank you for providing a wonderful list to use as a resource. I'm happy to say that I've read a fair number of them and will use it to increase my percentage for the coming year.


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  6. Found this at Mitali's:

    A 1988 New York Times essay by William Safire puts the term in a historical and cultural context:

    As we speak, however, the English language seems to lump the colors together and treats white — the noncolor — as a race and a word apart ...

    It strikes me, then, that people of color is a phrase often used by nonwhites to put nonwhite positively. (Why should anybody want to define himself by what he is not?) Politically, it expresses solidarity with other nonwhites, and subtly reminds whites that they are a minority [on the planet.]

    When used by whites, people of color usually carries a friendly and respectful connotation, but should not be used as a synonym for black; it refers to all racial groups that are not white.

  7. My first review is up. I read and enjoyed, The Negro Speaks of Rivers by Langston Hughes, illustrated by E.B. Lewis.

    This children's book won the Coretta Scott King Honor Book.

  8. Doret reviews Gee's Bend by Irene Latham at Happy Nappy Bookseller.